Kristen Gast, Director of Financial Aid
541-552-6600 Fax 541-552-6614
SOU provides a strong financial aid and scholarship program that annually administers more than $60 million to eligible students. Financial aid is based on the philosophy that the responsibility for financing a student’s education rests primarily with the student and student’s family. Students and families unable to pay the full cost of attending SOU may apply for grants, loans and/or part-time employment to supplement their resources.
For detailed information about the financial aid application process and aid programs, go to sou.edu/enrollment/financial-aid/ .
Applying for aid
To be considered for federal and state financial aid and many SOU scholarships, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are encouraged to submit their FAFSAs annually as soon after October 1 as possible as some funds are limited and are awarded on a first come, first served basis. The FAFSA is completed on-line at www.fafsa.gov. The SOU school code is 003219.
To apply for SOU scholarships, students must fill out the Southern Online Scholarship Application (SOSA). Consult inside.sou.edu/sosa for information about the scholarship application and information.
Financial aid programs
SOU participates in numerous federal, state and institutional programs including:
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG).
Federal TEACH Grant
Oregon Opportunity Grant
For available work-study jobs, go to the SOU CareerLink at https://inside.sou.edu/studentemployment/index.html
Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
Federal Direct PLUS Loans for parents
Federal Direct PLUS Loans for graduate students
SOU Merit/Talent Scholarships
SOU General/Foundation Scholarships
SOU Diversity Scholarships
Allowing Veterans to Attend or Participate in Courses Pending VA Payment
Section 103 of Public Law (PL) 115-407, ‘Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018,’ amends Title 38 US Code 3679 by adding a new subsection (e) that requires disapproval of courses of education, beginning August 1, 2019, at any educational institution that does not have a policy in place that will allow an individual to attend or participate in a course of education, pending VA payment, providing the individual submits a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under Chapter 31 or 33.
Pending Payment Compliance
In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679(e), Southern Oregon University adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from VA. Southern Oregon University will not:
- Prevent the student’s enrollment;
- Assess a late penalty fee to the student (any late fees will be immediately reversed once benefits are paid to student account);
- Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;
- Deny the student access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.
However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:
- Produce the VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by the first day of class;
- Provide a written request to be certified;
- Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)